Most of my readers, listeners, and clients are big hearted people. Not only do they see the obstacles in their own lives, but they recognize the struggle of others.
When we recognize the struggles of others we also open ourselves up to experiencing their pain.
On one hand this allows us to connect and respond to where they are coming from. On the other hand it can open us up to feeling overwhelmed and a great deal of pain when we realize how many problems we are unable to solve.
It is a tricky balance between being open and not being so open that we feel overwhelmed.
Here is how I try to navigate this balance: